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Message 1: Grammar of Old Nubian

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 20:54:38 +0100
Subject: Grammar of Old Nubian

Grammar of Old Nubian
Gerald M. Browne
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana 

In the Middle Ages, Old Nubian was the principal language of the Sudan
and the southern part of Egypt. The direct ancestor of the Nubian still
spoken in that area, it is the only indigenous African language whose
development we can follow for over a millennium.
	The corpus of Old Nubian, which occupies fewer than one hundred pages
of continuously printed text, extends from the eighth to the fifteenth
century of our era, though most of the material is from the tenth to the
twelfth. About half of the texts are of religious content, comprising
translations of the Greek New Testament, the Septuagint and other
Christian writings; the rest are documentary, consisting of public
contracts, private letters and similar material. 
	Belonging to the Nilo-Saharan language family, Old Nubian is written in
a modified form of the Greek uncial alphabet, with extra characters
taken from Coptic and Meroitic. The general characteristics of the
language emerge from the following formula (after Hawkins): SOV / POST /
GEN + N / N + ADJ.
	The author, Professor of the Classics and Linguistics at the University
of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign), has published fourteen books and over
seventy articles on Old Nubian; he is regarded as the World's leading
authority on that language.

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